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Ok — I would like to make a petition: That just because it’s now November, doesn’t mean you can’t have ice cream for dinner!!
When I tell you that this is my obsession, I mean — this is MY OBSESSION. I eat this probably 5 times a week. It is just so stinkin delicious.
It is creamy and fruity and melty and is everything you want from a frozen treat.
Yes, you heard that correctly — this beautiful dish is made ENTIRELY FROM FRUIT!
Yep! It’s NICE CREAM! Meaning — it’s Banana (or ‘Nana) + Ice Cram! Sooo Nana + Ice Cream = NICE CREAM!
How amazing is that. There’s some magic that happens when you freeze bananas and then put them in the food processor. They become the consistency of soft serve ice cream! I’m serious! If you don’t believe, try it out!
Just as a “client testimonial” — I told a couple of my guy friends about this “healthy dessert” — and they are now hooked. They text me all the time with photos of their nice cream, with captions like, “Nice Cream Strikes Again!” hahah
But for real — this is magnificent.
So okay – what the heck is it?
TROPICAL BERRY ICE CREAM!
Notes of mango and pineapple with creamy banana and punchy berries!
It literally tastes like vacation. And if you want to throw a splash of coconut rum or pineapple flavored vodka in there — I certainly won’t tell 🙂
Plus — it’s gluten free, vegan, paleo and Specific Carb Diet friendly!
Here’s What You Need: (Serves one or two)
2 ripe bananas (preferably with brown spots) – sliced into coins and frozen
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1-2 Tbsp almond butter (the more the better!!)
1 orange (not frozen) — OR 1/3 cup coconut milk OR 1/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
OPTIONAL: 1 dropper full of french vanilla stevia OR 1 Tbsp honey
This recipe is so easy, even NYC bachelors can make it! ((hahah sorry, fellas — no offense!!) But for real.
First things first: You’ll need to freeze your bananas. Preferably over night, but for at least 4 hours, until solid.
Protip: This is a great meal-prep dish. So I buy a bundle or two of bananas — let them get to the perfect ripeness (with LOTS of brown spots) and then cut them up into one-banana-baggies, put them in the fridge, and then this dessert is ready and rarin’ to go whenever it strikes my fancy!
So okay – throw all of your frozen fruit into the food processor, and then let it go until all the frozen fruit is broken up into little tiny pebbles. Warning — this makes a LOUD NOISE, and your food processor will shake. So brace the machine, and warn any small children. hahahaha — but for real.
Once you reach this consistency, add your peeled orange. This provides the liquid for the dish. But you can also substitute 1/3 cup coconut milk or 1/3 almond milk, which are super yummy options too.
After you add the orange, stop the food processor, and scrape down the sides. You’ll need to do this once or twice.
Finally, once everything is starting to come together, add your cinnamon and sweetener of choice.
**If using stevia, once you add it, it will “puff” it up, and create this fluffy consistency. So be sure to add it right at the end, after it is all mixed together.
OPTIONAL GARNISHES: You can top this with shredded coconut, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, more fresh fruit, pomegranate seeds, left over halloween candy, candied ginger, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of honey or Nutella, a gob of peanut butter — the sky is literally the limit!
Alright, if you’re not currently making a shopping list of these ingredients and grabbing your car keys to run to the grocery store, what are you doing with your life?! hahhaha Juuuuuust kidding. But for real, whenever I’m home, the people in my family (my nieces in particular) always beg me to make this for them. It is that good.
Honestly, it is better than ice cream. It is light and fluffy. It’s fruity with a kiss of spice from the cinnamon.
It does not taste like bananas — I promise. It tastes like tropical bliss — much like a hearty piña colada!
The mango gives it a beautiful tangy sweetness, while the pineapple hits ya with that intense sweet note.
And then the berries provide the best brightness. And did you know — the antioxidants in blueberries are SO GOOD FOR YOU!?! My Ulcerative Colitis doctor said that he recommends that every single person eats at least one handful of blueberries a day to reduce memory loss and increase brain function!? So there you have it — eat your bluebs!
Alright, in case you can’t hear me literally squealing at the screen with excitement over this dish — I’m going to sign off here, before I promise you my first born just for you to try making it. haha
Have an AWESOME night. THANK YOU for stopping by. And HAPPY EATING my friends!
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?! Growing up, mine was always peanut butter chip or black raspberry chip from Graeters! ((It’s a Cincinnati ice cream spot, and fun fact — it’s Justin Timberlake’s AND Oprah’s favorite ice cream!))
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